Guadalupe Mnts NP

DOG CANYON (1)

The road to Dog Canyon passes through some scrub oak with pines interspersed, and at one place there were some faces looking at me as I pulled over for a reason that does not merit mentioning.

The mule deer were on this high point before descending toward Dog Canyon, on the opposite side from McKittrick Canyon with respect to the exposed reef of Guadalupe Mountains National Park:

Entering the canyon meant crossing from New Mexico into Texas:

Compared to McKitrick, Dog Canyon is wide and dry, but it does give easier access to the high country.

On arriving, I looked at my watch and at the menu of trails and hikes, and decided on going up the Bush Mountain trail until the sun set, and then doubling back in twilight.

I thought the way the tall and thick grass obscured the trail was interesting, on the way up.

The trail up crosses several ridges and then selects one to climb up.  On the way up, I enjoyed the spots where there was vegetation:

The views got more expansive as altitude was gained:

On the way up, to my left, was a patch of evergreen trees with some snow patches:

The climb continued:

After gaining 800 feet in elevation, I decided the sun was getting a bit low and maybe I should turn around. At this point I was on a ridge-top with very nice views, and three trees:

The trees of the forest on the highest part of the reef were visible from this ridge:

There are more views from this ridge on the next page.

DOG CANYON (2)

DOG CANYON (3)

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REVISIT McKITTRICK CANYON (2)

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